You Might As Well Live

SYNOPSIS

Robert Mutt has never had it easy. His family thinks he’s a retard, the neighbours think he’s a perv, and almost everyone else thinks he’s a total douche bag. He’s failed at everything he’s ever tried to accomplish, including his own suicide. If that wasn’t enough, he’s just been kicked out of the only place where he’s ever felt at home, the depression ward of the Riverside Mental Hospital…for being too happy.

Despite all this, Robert is determined to prove that he’s “a real somebody”, and on the advice of his childhood hero, he embarks on a journey to attain the three keys to success – some money, a girl, and a championship ring. This sets Robert on a madcap adventure involving a drug racket, a roller-skating transvestite, a bar-mitzvah and a neighbourhood watch group hell-bent on his castration – all of which leads to heartbreak and unexpected triumph.

You Might As Well Live reunites producers Ari Lantos and Jonas Bell Pasht, with writer/director Simon Ennis, and writer/performer Josh Peace, whose original brand of twisted comedy was first introduced to film festival audiences with the hit shorts The Canadian Shield and The Waldo Cumberbund Story, both of which premiered to great acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005 and 2007.

An uncompromising, no-holds-barred comedy, You Might As Well Live stars Peace (Lars and the Real Girl) as uber anti-hero Robert R. Mutt – the most rejected and dejected guy ever to come out of the particularly inhospitable industrial town of Riverside. Peace is joined by a cast that features Stephen McHattie (The Rocket), Dov Tiefenbach (The Delicate Art Of Parking), Kristen Hager (I’m Not There), Liane Balaban (Seven Times Lucky), and Michael Madsen (Sin City, Kill Bill 1 and 2) as disgraced former minor-league baseball star and Mutt’s spiritual guide, Clinton Manitoba. The diverse ensemble also includes Clark Johnson, Greg Bryk, Julian Richings, Martha Burns and Dan Lett.

You Might As Well Live is lensed by Jonathan Bensimon. Production design is by Rupert Lazarus and costume design by Ruth Secord.

The film is produced by Serendipity Point Films with the participation of Telefilm Canada, Corus Entertainment through Movie Central and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Maximum Film Distribution has distribution rights in Canada. Maximum Film International will handle international sales. Michael Dowse executive produces.